Liverpool have pulled off some tremendous value signings in recent seasons. Michael Edwards’ appointment as sporting director will likely go down as one of our best board appointments of the century. One of our niftiest transfers in recent years has been capturing of James Milner but he will need replacing in a few years time. Liverpool should try to sign David Alaba on a free to replace Milly.
The Reds snapped up Milner in 2015, snapping him on a free transfer from Manchester City.
Since arriving on Merseyside he has earned cult status. The Englishman’s versatility has been invaluable to Jürgen Klopp – he has popped up in most positions on the pitch for the gaffer.
Further to his versatility, his fitness and work rate has been crucial to implementing the high octane, intense brand of football that Klopp brought over from Borussia Dortmund.
At 34-years-old we need to accept that he won’t be around forever, he may have another season or two in him – we wouldn’t begrudge him leaving for Leeds United on a free should his boyhood side come up from the Championship.
Liverpool should turn to David Alaba to fill the forthcoming Milner sized hole.
The Austrian star matches Milner perfectly. Alaba has can play at left back, centre back, centre midfield or on the left wing – he has even played up top for the Austrian national side.
One of the key factors in any potential pursuit is that Alaba’s contract expires in 2021, meaning that if he doesn’t sign a new deal soon then The Reds can begin negotiating a free transfer for him in January.
Replacing one free utility man with another would be a masterstroke. Alaba is just 27-years-old, if we got him on a free he would be 29-years-old by the time he first put on a Liverpool shirt. His lack of a transfer fee, title winning experience and versatility cancel out any concerns over age.
Liverpool need to try and bag David Alaba on a free.